Virgie Binford Education Center

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Ta'Neshia Ford

    Here at Virgie Binford Education Center (VBEC), we are busy exploring and creating pathways to success for our students. Our theme for this school year is #TranscendwithGRACE   (Growing our mindset, Restorative justice, Activism, Career exploration, and Exemplifying excellence). Virgie Binford has the unique task of understanding, recognizing, and educating a large number of students who come with unresolved emotional, mental, and physical trauma that must be dealt with. Our staff uses trauma informed care strategies that work to ensure student engagement; and, that ensure curricula is taught with kindness and understanding. Each day is embraced as a new opportunity to  amplify students’ voices and show them how to grow in GRACE.  

    This school year we welcomed two new members to our team- Ms. Courtney Davis, English  Department Chair and Mr. Frank Chavez, Art Department Chair. Our beloved 2019 teacher of the year, Mr. Rodney Robinson, has moved from his role as Social Studies teacher at VBEC to being the newest member of the recruitment team for our district. Thank you for your service, Mr. Robinson!

    To our parents, students, and affiliates, we are working diligently to ensure that our students are leaving us with new strategies and skills to be successful. We are facing historic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but together we will transcend with grace!

    Always in Service,

    Principal Ta’Neshia Ford

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 27, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Great news! About 7,000 Chromebooks from our June (!) order of 10,000 have shipped and are scheduled to arrive later this week! Once they're here, our technology vendor will configure them for student use and then deliver them directly to schools. If all goes smoothly, this means we should be able to begin swapping out tablets late next week. Please keep an eye out for distribution details from your student's school. Thank you for your patience! I also want to take this opportunity to thank the many teachers, principals, and families who reached out to share their very thoughtful concerns about using letter grades at the elementary level during our virtual semester. I'm happy to share that I'll be recommending to the School Board on Monday that we switch to E (Exceeds Expectations), S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), and U (Unsatisfactory) for K-5 students during the first semester. I'll share more details about this at our meeting on Monday. Again, thank you for the very helpful feedback. Enormous gratitude also goes to Senator Tim Kaine for speaking to a George Wythe government class today about his RVA roots. He charged our students to get involved and make their voices heard, especially right now. He also shared how important bilingualism has been for his work (he's one of only 3 Senators who are fluent in Spanish). We're so grateful to Senator Kaine for his leadership and his support of RPS!

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 26, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Three quick reminders tonight: The portal to apply for specialty schools and out-of-zone schools is open through December 1. For more information, please visit We also encourage you to join one of the three remaining virtual information sessions. Just click on the following links to register: October 28 (4:30 - 6 pm), November 5 (5:30 - 7 pm), and November 19 (5:30 - 7 pm). The Benefits Open Enrollment season will end this Friday, October 30. For more information, please visit the benefits section of our website. Don't forget that we are closed for students and staff next Tuesday, November 3, for Election Day! RVA, get out there and VOTE! With great appreciation, Jason

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